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Drugs(Recreational)

Is a natural high a drug?

The case for banning recreational drugs

What's wrong with drugs?

Ron Paul on drug use

Drug use in context

Marijuana is not as addictive as alcohol.
Marijuana is not a gateway drug, cigarettes are far more addictive and no-one taks about cigarettes that way.

Dependants

Should a mother with small children be allowed to be a heroine addict?
  • Addictions are a disease, we don't lock alcoholics up, we treat them, the same should happen to drug addicts. We don't put alcoholics in prison.
  • There are already child neglect laws for this.
  • If you treat it like a crime, kids will come out of jail as violent criminals.

The case against banning recreational drugs

Drug lawmakers are hypocritical

Many politicians that support drug laws have tried drugs themselves. This is an implicit endorsement that drugs should be legal, or that the law does not apply to these politicians. (Obama and Clinton are classic examples)

Who is the master of danger?

Drugs are dangerous, but so are a lot of things.
Who should regulate danger, should we take care of ourselves or should the government.

It is neither the job of government , nor the business of any individual to prohibit, regulate an restrict or otherwise control what a man desires to eat, drink, swallow, smoke or otherwise injest into his body.

This is not an endorsement for taking drugs, drug taking is a vice, but a vice is not a crime. Drug abuse could be handled in the same way as alcohol abuse, by friends, family, church and psychologists. Government should stay out of our bodies. We don't need busy body government with a leader making society in their image. I don't use drugs and prefer others don't use them either. Where is the Freedom to be left alone.  Two wrongs don't make a right. Drugs are not necessarily bad, it depends on how and why they are used. Who will decide this, will it be the indivdual or the sate. In a free society it is the individual.

Perverse affects of drug laws

  • Hemp is usually a victim of the drug war
  • Drug laws are inconsistent
  • Marijuana has medical benefits and it should not be illegal to use for these benefits

Infantilising adults

People who argue that children will be affected, sales will not go to children in the same way that alchol does not go to kids. You can't make something illegal for an adult just because it would be harmful for a child , otherwise we would all be living like kids.

Victimless crimes

Criminalising people who are not criminals for a victimless crime
Prohibition has been an abysml failure. 
It has cost $50billion a year to stop people with minute amounts of it. 
  • Its fruitless to lock up someone who doesn't belong in jail, who didn't cause harm to anyone.
  • Criminalising non violent people costs the tax payer a lot of money which can be used elsewhere and ends up making these people violent when they leave prison
  • Prohabition of drugs will have the same affect as proabition of alcohol, create Al Capones.

The war on drugs is cruel

  • The war on drugs is a war on people. Putting all addicted drug users in prison is like putting all addicted alcholics in prison.
If a top officer were to make a statement that the war on drugs winnable, fine. In the absence of such a statement with evidence to back it up, all drugs should be decriminalised.

What is lost in the debate

There are positives of taking drugs,if there were only costs, people would not take them.

Solutions

US didn't even have a federal law till 1937, laws should be made at a local level.
Marijuana has a big social stigma, the solution may be to remove the stigma.

Drugs being decriminalised would make drug use safer, and money saved for solving other crimes.

Supporters of decriminalising marijuana

Former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil called Wednesday for the decriminalization of marijuana for personal use and a change in tactics on the war on drugs, a Spanish news agency said.


People march in support of legalized marijuana in late January in Belem, northern Brazil.

"Ex-presidents Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico, Cesar Gaviria of Colombia and Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil made their announcement at a meeting in Brazil of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, the EFE news agency said.

"The problem is that current policies are based on prejudices and fears and not on results," Gaviria said at a news conference in which the commission's recommendations were presented.

The 17-member panel worked on the report for a year and will forward it to all Latin American governments as well as the United States and the European Union, EFE said. "
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Videos

The case for legalising drugs


Ron Paul on decriminalising Marijuana



Reference

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Links

The New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy, or “NH Common Sense,” is dedicated to bringing New Hampshire's archaic marijuana laws out of the 1970's and into the 21st Century
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20722527
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24320717 Top cop calling for decriminalisation
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27921832 Khat
http://endthedrugwar.org/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30185559
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